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Album Review: Buffalo Clover – Low Down Time

Album Review: Buffalo Clover – Low Down Time

As one of the most diverse and well-rounded bands in the Nashville area, Buffalo Clover can always be counted on to give us music that makes us think and move and wish that we could make music just like they do.  I first fell in love with their sound when I heard Midnight Circus from […]

Lee MacDougall Brings It – Live at 3rd and Lindsley, August 15

Lee MacDougall Brings It – Live at 3rd and Lindsley, August 15

It’s not unusual to hear an artist nail it on an EP or LP but fumble when performing live.  Lee MacDougall is NOT one of these artists.  From the moment he opened his mouth on the stage at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, he gave us the very same vocals, dynamics, range, and wit that […]

A Chat With Cane Spur Arkansas’ Darlings The Cleverlys

A Chat With Cane Spur Arkansas’ Darlings The Cleverlys

Cross-genre cover experimentation is often dangerous ground and should only be attempted by a skilled few. The Cleverlys, who don bright orange scarves, ten-gallon hats and brandish Porter Wagoner drawls, are one of the skilled few. Their sincere and hilarious skewering of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ and dance hall star Shaggy’s early […]

Wagons- Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Wagons- Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Australia is one of the few places in the world that has more actual cowboys than America, and has for a while. Australia is the wild west. This island is still full of cattle herding, hard living on the open land, and the frontier mentality. Wagons fifth album, Shake, Rattle and Rumble embodies this. This […]

Album Review: The Definitive Chick Corea – (Stretch and Concord)

Album Review: The Definitive Chick Corea – (Stretch and Concord)

By Bill Ford Pianist/keyboardist Chick Corea, a 60’s sideman of such jazz luminaries as Blue Mitchell, Stan Getz, and Miles Davis, and one of the first musicians to marry a jazz sensibility to rock rhythms and electric instruments during the early 70’s with his jazz-rock group Return to Forever, has never been satisfied to rest […]

Alexis Marceaux: “Orange Moon”

Alexis Marceaux: “Orange Moon”

The follow-up to her 2009 debut, Dandelion, finds young NOLA native Alexis Marceaux maturing into a songwriting force to be reckoned with. The opening track of Orange Moon is a dramatic, emotionally charged homage to her late friend Leila Foret (to whom the album is also dedicated) that puts Marceaux’s powerful and gorgeous alto front […]

Wagons: Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Wagons: Rumble, Shake and Tumble

Rumble, Shake And Tumble is the latest release by Australian country-roots-rock band Wagons and is set to drop August 16, 2011, on Thirty Tigers records. Wagons have carved out a following in their native Australia with their wily personalities, boisterous live performances, and roots based sound. Country music fans will find a lot to like […]

Guy Clark “Songs and Stories” Dualtone

Guy Clark “Songs and Stories” Dualtone

The first thing I noticed looking at the cover art for “Songs and Stories”  was on the inner part of the gatefold.  There are three photos — one of Guy Clark and one each of Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp, who are both good friends and long-time collaborators of Clark’s. Perhaps the most interesting thing […]

If Walls Could Talk – Lee MacDougall EP Review

If Walls Could Talk – Lee MacDougall EP Review

Never has an entire album or EP made it into my regular playlist rotation, but Lee MacDougall broke that record with If Walls Could Talk.  Not only did I gleefully add every song to every playlist, I turned up the volume every time one of the songs queued up.  This is an extended EP with […]

Son of the Sun: Almost Not There

Son of the Sun: Almost Not There

White Bluff, Nashville, and Middle Tennessee music aficionados, Son of the Sun will officially release their latest EP Son of the Sun: Almost Not There today (July 26, 2011) on the I Blame Yoko Music label. This album is the follow up to their first full length LP The Happy Loss (2010). The new EP […]

Lovesick Stupid: Urban Hell

Lovesick Stupid: Urban Hell

Lovesick Stupid: Urban Hell is the latest EP released by the Nashville, Tennessee duo of Chad Kalhagen and Alyson Burgess. The album is a splendid example of the diversity of the Nashville music scene when you take the time to look beyond the New York owned façade of mainstream country artists. Lovesick Stupid sounds like […]

Album Review of Gwendolyn: Bright Light

Album Review of Gwendolyn: Bright Light

Gwendolyn: Bright Light, set for release on September 20, 2011, is a family friendly alt. country trip into the idiosyncratic mind of the bands front person and resident poet Gwendolyn Sanford. The album draws from traditional country, American folk, and rock styles of music and melds these sounds into a unique artistic expression. Bright Light […]

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

An Interview with the Legendary American Troubadour: Guy Clark

On July 19, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a true icon in the world of songwriting, Guy Clark. Terms like troubadour, legend, and master are used all too often when referring to songwriters/musicians of far lesser caliber who do not live up to the honor. You do deserve all of those accolades […]

Robert Ellis’ Brief Stop in Nashville

Robert Ellis’ Brief Stop in Nashville

Robert Ellis’ debut album with New West Records, Photographs, is armed to the teeth with sweet pedal steel, twangy solos and cheatin’ lyrics. Most of the record sounds like a barefaced tribute to Tootsie’s on Broadway. So you’d think that on his schedule of tour dates, Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN would have a special […]